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CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
particular. >> host: from "the amateur" you read by all accounts obama was elected to a job for which he has little relish. doesn't find joy in being president. like richard nixon and jimmy carter he is an introvert who prefers his own company to that of others. >> kind of an ironic that barack obama in public where he makes public appearances comes across as a likable, outgoing, upbeat guy. and we can see again and again that his likability quotient far out runs his polling numbers in job approval. .. >> the democratic speaker of the house, have a drink with him, reminisce, tell jokes and then start or working out how to get a bill passed. barack obama doesn't seem to know how to do that. he, in fact, in private a very introverted person who doesn't reach out beyond a small group of chicago operatives whom he's brought with him to the white house. >> host: oprah had tried to ignore the ominous change in tone. as barack obama's inauguration drew near, oprah's calls to michelle went unreturned. instead, oprah heard from the newly-appointed white house ceremonies coordinator who told oprah
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 7:30am EST
characteristic of a lot of our work, but we feel it was necessary. >> thomas mann, did the 2012 elections clarify anything? >> by all appearances, it was a status quo election, returning us to the division of power; obama in the white house, democrats in control of the senate, republicans of the house. but appearances can be deceiving, and in this case are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama -- almost like a parliamentary party -- was not rewarded. the taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded, calling the obama health care plan which was their own only a few years earlier socialism was not rewarded. that was not they have to begin to rethink themselves and, importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition. so i think that was an important change that creates a new dynamic not that's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the campfire in washington making nice to one another. but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a
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